Camp Time Approaches: 4 More Days Until Camp NaNoWriMo Begins

Good Morning, Friends!

This week has been another greatly productive one for me in regards to my personal life and with my writing.

The beginning of this week, I was able to work out a great outline for my story.  For me, this is a huge feat-especially considering how I’ve written a lot of my past pieces. I would just dive into a story and just write it with no real planning involved, just writing within what I call “the moment.” As I’ve gotten older, that “moment” I talk about can last anywhere from minutes to hours with no indication as to what that “moment” will be like. So, to prepare myself for that, I decided to dissect my short story into areas of focus for my overall piece. Since I want to incorporate a lot of personal philosophies and ideas, I broke up the short story by matters of importance (outside perspective versus inside perspective)  and ordered said matters of importance to flow accordingly. This way when I’m feeling stuck, I can turn to my outline as a guide. As someone who likes to explore new ways of learning, I’m glad that I decided to give this a try. I see my outline as more of a literary to do list, which by looking at it from that perspective, I can honestly say that it helped to write it out for me. In my everyday life, I usually schedule out my day ahead so that I can complete the tasks that need to be done that day in a timely manner. I can’t believe I didn’t think to do this sooner! Well, the important thing is, I have that knowledge to help me now, and I will use it accordingly.

As Camp NaNoWriMo approaches for the April month, I’ve decided that I will just focus more on getting my story to paper, and worry about editing in May. I think what’s more important is getting back into the swing of writing on such a large scale again. I think what’s remarkable is that a creative writing program like this exists, and that it’s free and open to the public. I am really psyched for this challenge that lies ahead of me, and I can’t wait to share my experience with you all, one day at a time. For those of you participating in the Camp, I look forward to working along side you, making our dreams come true. To those who are just along for the ride, I hope you have a great time, and I secretly hope that one day, you’ll join along. Until then, have a great rest of your week, and I’ll see you Saturday with the usual weekly reflection.

 

Sincerely,

Bee

Week of Reflection & Cozy Sunday

Good Morning,  Friends!

These last few days have been so fulfilling, as well as busy for me, when it comes to writing about my short story. This will be the first one I’ll have done in so many, many years. I’ve been working on planning out how I want to approach starting, continuing and finishing my story, and will discuss how I came about doing so this week. As I’m using No Plot? No Problem! as my writing guide and coach, I’ve also decided to pick up a few books from my local library to help me on this journey through creative writing. I will let you guys know what ones I like or work best for me and why within the next few weeks as well.

Since I talked about what I would like to do for April, I feel the best course of action, in regards to my posting schedule, would be for me to talk about my step-by-step journey every day as it’s happening. This should give me plenty of time to track my word count on here as well as story’s progress. That being said, my schedule for April 1 through April 30 will be a post every day at 1PM EST.  Depending on how this goes, I will do the same in July and in November.  As someone who doesn’t like spoilers, I’ve been rather vague about the details of my short story, since I have decided that I will post the final piece of my short story for you guys on the first of May, 2018, right here on my blog.

Again, it’s not too late to start a story of your own and to join my camp on Camp NaNoWriMo! 1 more day until cabins are assigned, and 7 days until camp officially starts!

I’m looking forward to taking this journey with you guys. Enjoy your weekend, and I’ll see you Wednesday for more Camp preparations.

 

Sincerely,

Bee

 

Prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo

Good morning, Friends!

Today I will be talking about a few things in preparation for Camp NaNoWriMo in the next two weeks. As I am getting ready to bunker down for my month of creative writing bliss, I still need to keep in mind that I have to balance my writing with my every day routine. That said, I’m going to discuss exactly this concept from the first two chapters of No Plot? No Problem! 

Chapter One deals with the importance of setting and following your own deadlines, some tips on how to stay physically active (like taking breaks in between writing with some stretches, making sure you’re comfortable as you write, and knowing when to call it quits for the night.) I’ve made up what will work for me, since I have a somewhat flexible work schedule, I feel like I’ll be able to stick to the plan that I have. Speaking of schedule, I will post on Sunday, the 25th of March what my writing schedule for my blog will look like for April, so stay tuned.

When it comes to working out, I personally, am going to take up some Yoga exercises to help calm my mind, relieve my stress, and to help myself to get back into a physically healthy routine. For a long time, I’ve tossed and turned over the idea of what type of exercise I feel would be best for me to take up, and what I keep coming back to is Yoga. Because I still need to do some research on some local studios I would like to be apart of as well as the different styles of Yoga, I’m just going to follow, for now, 30 days of Yoga with Adriene as something easy to start my journey back into Yoga. Why I decided to choose this particular YouTube channel was on my search, it’s the first search for YouTube yoga that came up, and I’ve also tried out a few of her exercises and really enjoyed how easy it is to follow her direction.

Chapter Two is more about time management and the realism you need to put behind writing your novel. Even though I’m starting out my Camp NaNoWriMo experience with my short story, developing good habits now is essential to more successful story writing for the future. I like that Baty has you write out from start to finish, what your typical day looks like: documenting what time you get up, to the day’s work/activities, and when you go to sleep at night for a week. He has you then prioritize what from your schedule is the most important to what can wait on the back burner for a month by categorizing them as “required, highly desired, or forgo-able.” (Baty 46.) When it comes to scheduling your writing time, it comes down to what works best for you; are you more active in the morning or at night? I feel that I write best at night since it’s when the house I live in is at it’s most silent, which silence helps me focus more on what I’m doing that during the day when I’m more focused on busy work around the house. Also, when it comes to writing, I tend to write every day-which has helped me to keep in the flow of writing. I like that the first half of Chapter Two is tackling procrastination and bad habits and how you can work around your strengths and weaknesses to keep yourself in the mode of writing your novel. (Baty 51.) The second half of the chapter talks more about friends, family, and writing companions and how they can make or break this experience for you.

Since I like to surround myself with lots of bookish people, for me, this will not be hard for me to rely on my support group of other aspiring creative writers and book lovers as I work away at my short story in April. As a reminder, in 5 days the cabins will be assigned, and the writing is to take place in 11 days. You are all welcome to join me, LittleLifeofBee at my cabin called “Camp Busy Bee.” I look forward to not only writing my story, but to share my experience of writing it here.

 

Sincerely,

Bee

Cozy Sunday

Good Morning, Friends!

Count down time: Two weeks until Camp NaNoWrimo starts for April 2018! As I’ve said in a few posts, I’m very excited to start taking my story idea and bringing it to life. This week I’ll be exploring No Plot? No Problem! past the introduction and talk more about how I’ll be applying/using the rest of the book along side my story: starting with the first section of the book whose focus is preparing you for writing your story. I’ll cover the first two chapters of that section this week and then the last two of that section the following week.

Since I mentioned tea in yesterday’s post, there are a few teas that I’ve been meaning to share with you guys, and I think between this week and next, I’ll talk about which ones I’m drinking along side my story writing as well as when I’m taking a well deserved break.

That being said, enjoy your week, Friends, I’ll see you Wednesday!

 

Sincerely,

Bee

Week of Reflection

Good Morning, Friends!

This has been quite a fun week for myself. Being able to dive into more of No Plot? No Problem! has been what I was expecting it to be-very chill, honest, and enlightening. Sometimes, I feel like I need a simple approach to doing a task because I can over analyze and then overwhelm myself. I think this book is going to be a great guidance tool for me, personally. I appreciate Baty’s sense of humor as well as his personal stories about his experience with NaNoWriMo. Between staying busy, making a schedule, sticking to said schedule, keeping your expectations low, and most important of all, just having fun with writing, I feel like I have more of an idea of how I want to bring my work to paper. As I read more of No Plot? No Problem! as well as start writing my story, I think I’d like to share what’s working for me with all of you, to help you guys out as much as possible with your writing. I hope you guys can join me for some writing fun in a few weeks! If not, I’ll post my progress on here as I go. I’ve also thought about doing a different schedule for April since I’ll be writing every day.

This week, I also worked more on my short story. I decided on some important issues that I wanted to incorporate into the story, things that I feel all of us have felt or struggled with to some degree, like loss, feelings of uncertainty, confusion; I want this piece to be about the importance of self reflection.  Since this piece is only going to be 30,000 words by the end of April, I decided on doing 1,000 words a day as my limit. That being said, I know that I can complete this story by then in confidence. Once my story is complete, I will make a separate post dedicated to it, for you all to read.

Between Wednesday, the 14th of March and now, I picked up a few writing books, as well as some mindfulness magazines to help me along my journey. “Breathe” is the name of the magazine, which I highly recommend because they have so many wonderful ideas and articles in it to help you slow down and just enjoy the moment of life as well as what’s important to your happiness. Some of the writing books I got that I will be exploring between now and next month are DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community by Gabriela Pereira, 499 Words Every College Student Should Know: A Professor’s Handbook on Words Essential to Great Writing & Better Grades by Stephen Spignesi, and The Big Book of Words You Should Know: Over 3,000 Words Every Person Should Be Able to Use (And a Few That You Probably Shouldn’t) by David Olsen, Michelle Bevilacqua, and Justin Cord Hayes. They all sounded interesting to me, and I’m always down to learn more, especially when it comes to expanding on my vocabulary.

I just want to say, thank you to all of you who take the time to read my blog posts. It means the world to me, and I hope that you’ll continue to enjoy yourselves as I keep posting about my adventures through writing and tea. Speaking of tea, I’ll have some fun ones to post about, but that’s next week. I’ll see you guys tomorrow for your Cozy Sunday/Week Ahead post. Enjoy your Saturday to it’s fullest!

 

Sincerely,

Bee

My Introduction to No Plot? No Problem! & Short Story Progress

Good Morning, Friends!

As I stated in an update to my last Saturday, the 10th of March, post that I had received my copy of No Plot? No Problem! as I was typing. If anyone is curious, the copy that I purchased is the revised, updated, and expanded version of the book; copyright 2014 (original 2004.)

Before I read it, the soul purpose of buying this book came from the hype and high praises of several literary friends, one in particular being my best friend. She’s very particular about books, especially about ones that involve writing, so naturally this book peeked my interests. She’s also the person who introduced me to NaNoWriMo to begin with, and for that, I’m very grateful to her. Her introducing this creative writing community has opened up a new way for me to try my hand at writing outside of my normal means of writing. I feel, through all my resources and support, that I’m one step closer to achieving my literary dreams, and I’m looking forward to what this book has to offer me as a tool to achieving said dreams. My expectations of this book, I will admit, are at a high because of the influence of my friends and best friend have on me when it comes to writing; I anticipate that this book will be insightful, easy to follow, chill, humorous, and most important of all, fun.

Starting out with the Preface, some notes that I made that I list under “intrigued to see more details later” are the new ways in which you can fit writing a book into your busy schedule, advice on how to keep yourself from getting distracted, blending your ability to be an author with being a parent, how to revise without over revising your novel, tips and stress relief pep talks from authors who took their books from NaNoWrimo and managed to publish their works. All of this right off the bat has me seriously curious as to what Chris Baty, the author of this book, and these other authors he mentions, have to offer. My favorite note of correction was very inspiring to read-how we don’t have just one book in us to write, that we have the ability to make several novels, that it’s not a limited thing, and that it’s an exciting journey to be apart of.

Leading into the introduction, the tone in which Baty writes is definitely very chill and comes across as an open minded mentor who knows how to blend work and play, and is more than willing for you to learn from their mistakes, and they most certainly have.

The way this book has me feeling about my short story is yet to be determined since I’ve only read the preface and the introduction. I am excited to be taking an idea I’ve had for a long time and putting it out there in the form of a short story. Overall I’m pensive as to how I want my story to go. I have written out a branch of ideas I want to portray within the story, and I’m starting to look into research of different schools of philosophy that I would like to apply to it.

Overall, I am pumped to start putting together my short story. I hope you guys will enjoy reading it once it’s done, and that you’re enjoying my progress as I’m sharing.

Sincerely,

Bee

Week Ahead

Good Morning, Friends!

I hope you remembered to set your clocks an hour ahead! It’s that time-daylight savings; one more step closer to Spring. Don’t get me wrong, I love Winter, I just adore change and some greenery, flowers, and some refreshing walking weather would be greatly appreciated right about now. There’s a lot I want to do this coming Spring, and being able to openly travel without worrying about snow would be greatly appreciated.

In this upcoming week, I think I’ll talk more about my progress with my short story, as well as some other interesting literary finds. I want to share some ideas that I have with you all and see what you think of them. One thing I’ve discovered about myself is that asking openly for insight is helpful and beneficial to ones growth, and that it’s not a burden or means of failure to do so. Making mistakes is how we learn, and that’s a great and valuable thing, especially in the realm of writing.

Have a cozy Sunday, and I’ll see you guys again on Wednesday with some updates on my story and more!

Sincerely,

Bee